Helping the Poor & Trusting God
17 He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done.
When we help the poor we are exemplifying our trust in God.
We have all seen the person on the street with a cardboard sign asking for help. They are either asking for food, money or perhaps both. What should our role be in helping the poor among us? Proverbs 19:17 directs us. After all, our money, our possessions are not ours. We are stewards of God’s possessions. Therefore, we are to help those in need. We are to rely on God to provide for us. Deuteronomy 24:14 states “Do not take advantage of a hired man who is poor and needy, whether he is a brother Israelite or an alien living in your towns.”
God directs us to not take advantage of the poor but rather to help the poor. Why? It’s not to have a warm feeling inside or that we have the means to help. When we help the poor we are exemplifying our trust in God. We recognize that God provides for our every need and therefore we help the poor. Charles Spurgeon wrote, “In fact God loves to be trusted so much that he always blesses those who trust in him with a life more fulfilling than if they hadn’t trusted him.” We should have compassion for the poor and help them when needed. In doing so, we are the hands and feet of Jesus.
Questions To Ponder
What type of generosity is being described in these verses?
How does lending to the Lord equal generosity to the poor?
When was the last time you were generous to someone who couldn’t repay you?
When you give to those who cannot repay you, do you anticipate being repaid by the Lord?
Scripture Memory | January | Proverbs 17:9
“Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”